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Pakistan is kicking the terrorists in the but and about time too
Thousands flee Pakistan violence
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Pakistan's refugee crisis grows
Pakistan's army went on a full-scale offensive on Friday after a government go-ahead to flush out Taliban militants in the Swat valley. The military said late on Friday 143 insurgents had been killed over the previous 24 hours.
Fighting earlier in the week triggered a mass civilian exodus, but concerns are growing about the fate of those still trapped and unable to move because of a curfew.
The UN.refugee agency has said a "massive displacement" is under way, with up to 200,000 people leaving their homes in recent days and another 300,000 on the move or about to move.
Khalid Khan Umerzai, an official in North West Frontier Province, said: "If the conflict lasts longer, then we expect those living outside camps to come to the camps and that will be a huge problem."
Pakistan's fight against militants sheltering near the border with Afghanistan is seen as vital to efforts to defeat the insurgency in that country.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, in talks in Washington this week, assured US President Barack Obama of Islamabad's commitment to defeating al Qaeda and its allies.
Up to 15,000 troops have been pitched against between 4,000 to 5,000 battle-hardened militants in the valley, where residents say insurgents hold sway in most parts.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf - George Orwell